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Aug 09, 2020
Passage: 1 John 4:17

As He is—so are we

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world

(1st John 4:17)

Beloved of God, there never was a time when you were not complete in Him. When you were immersed in sin and [subject to it]: when there was no eye to pity you, no hand to help you, even then you were complete in Him.

Had it not been so, you [would have] remained in that sad state until now; but as the poet expresses it,

“He saw thee ruined in the fall,

Yet loved thee not withstanding all;

He raised thee from thy lost state,

His lovingkindness, O how great!”

How consoling [how comforting] the thought that whatever we are as creatures, wherever we go as creatures, whatever we do as creatures, it never interferes with our completeness in Him, our beauty in Him, our spotless purity in Him, our acceptance in Him. Call it Antinomianism if you like, Hyper-Calvinism if you please, it is nevertheless an incontrovertible truth, an undeniable fact, a God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, and creature debasing reality.

“These are truths, and happy he

Who can well receive them;

Brethren, though we cannot see.

Still we should believe them.”
[1st John 4:17]

[Zion,] nothing whatever can interfere with [our blessed union with Christ]. Pious hypocrites may be shocked, empty professors may roll their eyes, [and the proud turn up their noses] but we heed them not. We write for the sons of God: we labor for the daughters of Zion. [Crying out to Zion, “that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD’S hand double for all her sins” AMEN!]


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